Police in Nigeria have confirmed that five people were killed and 18 others abducted during a deadly attack in a mosque in Zamfara state.
In the incident, an imam of the mosque was among those kidnapped by the gunmen, who disguised as congregants and later began to shoot at the worshippers, killing two on the spot, police spokesma Shehu told us on Sunday.
Three others died while receiving treatment at the hospital, Shehu said.
Witnesses told us that the gunmen rode into the community on motorbikes, but disguised as guest worshippers.
They fled through a nearby bush after the attack.
The police had immediately deployed more operatives to the area, in search of the fleeing gunmen, Shehu told NYK Daily.
In recent days, criminal activities have become rampant in Nigeria’s northwest region.